2004 VW Touareg V10 TDI

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We’re hitting an interesting time in which the initial generations of truly tech-laden cars are starting to “mature,” and we will begin to see how these various forms of packing 10 pound of technological crap into a 5 pound bag will age. At my Bimmer shop, they noted how they love working on the older cars because they are “real,” and most things can actually be repaired. The owner pointed to an early E65 745i sitting outside the shop and lamented that “anything breaks on that piece of s*** and you might as well buy a whole new car.” The Touareg V10 is certainly on the overwrought spectrum of things, and maintenance on this generation of VW/Audi luxury cars is notoriously spendy. I choose to ignore this reality when V10 TDIs come up because they are such beasts. Not the best looking, not the best value, but hell yes it’s a VW SUV with ten cylinders of diesel-compressing fury.

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Year: 2004
Model: Touareg V10 TDI
Engine: 5.0 liter turbodiesel V10
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,000
Price: Reserve auction

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Up for auction is this nicely optioned 2004 Volkswagen Touareg TDI. Very well maintained and nice running vehicle. The twin turbo V10 TDI engine gives unbelievable performance and reliability. Standard features of the Touareg include:

Electronic Traction Stabilization
Anti Lock Brakes
Driver and passenger front air bags
Driver and passenger side air bags
Tire pressure monitoring system
Power heated and self dimming mirrors
Power flush folding side mirrors
Privacy glass
Cruise Control
Five 12 volt power ports
Roof Rack
12 way power front seats
Height adjustable and telescoping steering wheel
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Remote keyless entry and locking system
Daytime running lights
Power glass sunroof
Heated front seats
Xenon headlights

Upgraded Package and options include:
Premium Package
Nappa leather trim and wood upgrades
CD Changer
4 zone climate control
Touareg trailer hitch
Electronic parking assist
Winter package:
Heated Steering wheel
Heated rear seats
Rear differential lock
6 speed automatic transmission with Triptronic control

You will be challenged to find a Touareg that has a better color scheme and is as optioned as well as this one is.

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These go for shockingly low amounts these days, with Blue Book being around $12-13k. Depreciation station! That interior is almost worth the cost of entry. If you know a reasonable VW mechanic, grab one of these bad boys and live like a stump-pulling king. It’s always great to see luxury SUVs with far more off-road capability than 99% of their owners utilize finally get their day in the mud; there’s a 2004 Range Rover near work that clearly gets its ass kicked regularly. I want to do that with this, and with the auction looking like it could end under $10k, maybe I should!

-NR

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t know all the details but it was thanks to a Touareg (bought new) that a friend of the family swore off German cars for good. To call it a lemon, I was told, would be an insult to all the unreliable cars out there.

  2. I would thoroughly enjoy scooping up this V10 4wd diesel and gutting the interior to bare bones and minimizing electrical system. I’m curious if they are any good off road. This is basically a Porsche Cayenne, right?

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